Acting PM Calls For Deeper International Collaboration

Sayed-Khaiyum meets president of United Nations General Assembly.
06 Mar 2020 09:36
Acting PM Calls For Deeper International Collaboration
The president of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Nigerian Dr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (left), with Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Acting Prime Minister, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has called for deeper international collaboration, as Fiji and the Pacific Island nations are seeing devastating impacts of climate change.

In a joint press conference with the president of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Dr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “It is clear it will require much deeper international cooperation to build our resilience to the severe storms, rising seas and changing weather patterns at our doorsteps.

“Fiji is prepared to lead by example in building a world that should be resilient, vibrant, inclusive and sustainable – We’re making great strides towards the 2030 Agenda, putting more women in our schools, vastly expanding our network of social welfare, decentralising key government services.

“As we usher in a new decade, 2020 brings critical series of global gatherings where world leaders will meet to save our forests, rivers, bio-diversity and oceans from human-kind’s reckless and unchecked abuses.

“I have assured his excellency; Fiji will not accept short-term or selfish solutions. We will lead in word and in actions to secure a future for all life on the planet,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said at Ro Lalabalavu House.

Dr Muhammad-Bande said both had spoken in length about the importance of the health of our oceans.

“We hope to work very closely in our upcoming meetings with Fiji and the Pacific Island countries,” Dr Muhammad-Bande said.

He also highlighted the significance of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visit to Fiji last year, indicating the significance of the UN-Fiji co-operation.

“2020 is an important year for Fiji as it celebrates its 50th year of independence, while the UN celebrates its 75th year – as co-operation and mutual understanding,” he added.

The UN General Assembly president’s engagement yesterday included a courtesy call to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote for a tree planing session at State House.

Today, he is expected to visit the Fiji School for the Blind, the Suva Municipal Market and participate at the UN75 dialogue at the USP’s ICT centre. Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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